We have a service level agreement with Newcastle Hospitals Trust (NuTH) to provide an ECG (echocardiogram) service to 16 GP practices in Newcastle.
The service provided is the ECG test itself – which measures the electrical activity of the heart to show whether it is working normally – and the interpretation of the test.
GPs are trained to recognise normal and abnormal ECGs, and then identify whether an abnormal ECG suggests that the patient can be managed within primary care, should be referred to a specialist, or admitted to hospital.
This service means tests that previously would have needed a referral into hospital are now carried out in primary care. This speeds up diagnosis and reduces the time before any necessary treatment.
There were 4,234 ECGs carried out under this service in 2018.
The following practices use the NGPS ECG contract:
- Benfield Park Medical Group
- Betts Avenue Medical Centre
- Biddlestone Health Group
- Broadway Medical Centre
- Brunton Park Health Centre
- Gosforth Memorial Medical Centre
- The Grove Medical Group
- Heaton road
- Osborne road surgery/Holly Medical Group
- Park Medical Group
- Prospect Medical Group
- Regent Medical Centre
- Roseworth Surgery
- Saville Medical Group
- Thornfield Medical Group
- Walker Medical Group